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Early Sunni-Shi’a Impact on Art & Architecture P.2

Early Sunni-Shi’a Impact on Art & Architecture P.2

What was the Sunni response to the Fatimid era? Many purely religious buildings, erected especially by the Ayyubids, Mamluks and Ottoman Turks, were meant to display a Sunni spirit and character...
Last Updated on Sunday, 22 June 2014 08:38

Early Sunni-Shi’a Impact on Art and Architecture

Early Sunni-Shi’a Impact on Art and Architecture
The Fatimids were among the first in Islamic civilization who used the power of writing signs and symbols on buildings in order to advance and publicize their ideological struggle...
Last Updated on Sunday, 22 June 2014 08:45

Islamic Architecture: Between Culture and Faith

Islamic Architecture: Between Culture and Faith
What is the purpose of Islamic architecture? Via erecting buildings, the Muslims acknowledge Allah alone, not themselves. Buildings are executed to endorse the spiritual patterns of life...
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:21

An Introduction to Islamic Art

An Introduction to Islamic Art
The central value of Islamic art is its abstractionism and the music that is associated with it. Its philosophical underpinnings and the role of the arts are not to express the "seen world," but beyon
Last Updated on Thursday, 19 July 2007 11:23

Riq`a Style of Handwriting: A Quick Rhythm

Riq`a Style of Handwriting: A Quick Rhythm
The Riq`a style of handwriting is one of the “modern” types of handwriting. It was said to have been invented by Mr. Mumtaz Bek Mustafa Effendi, the counselor
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2007 16:24

Thuluth: Mother of All Calligraphy

Thuluth: Mother of All Calligraphy
This kind of calligraphy is known as the “mother” and origin of all calligraphy. All calligraphers have to master this kind of handwriting, which is the most difficult, followed by the Naskh, whic
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 May 2007 16:03

The Diwani Script: The Script of Eloquence

The Diwani Script: The Script of Eloquence
This style of handwriting goes back to the Ottoman period. It was labeled the Diwani script because it was used in the Ottoman dawaween (bureaus) and was one of the secrets of the palaces of the sulta
Last Updated on Sunday, 27 February 2005 16:28

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